Lightning forks over the hills of Humboldt in this photo taken last Thursday by Sabrina Miclette
As of this morning, the Humboldt Lightning fires had chewed their way across 3000 acres and Cal Fire says that there is only 20% containment. One firefighter was injured, one home and one outbuilding were destroyed. As of this morning, there were 8 active fires.
The evacuation advisory for the town of Blocksburg and its approximately 240 residents was lifted yesterday evening. Over 1000 personnel are fighting the fires using 85 engines, 28 water tenders, 7 helicopters and 12 dozers.
As the fires spread this last week, some residents used spare moments to load photos and videos on Facebook–capturing images that help them and us make sense of what happened.
Below, we’ll share with you these images of the last six days as seen by the residents and the agencies trying to protect them.
This tree near Hwy 36 survived a lightning strike but some trees did not. [Photo by Alicia Pecora]
The lightning storm was fierce, devastating and…beautiful [Photo by Marnie Nunnemaker]
The resulting fires were huge. [Aerial photo provided by Cal Fire]
Trees became torches [Photo by George Lea]
Locals did their best to protect their property. Fire lines were quickly dozed into place. [Photo by Kelly Patton]
But when firefighters showed up, residents were elated. “Just got professional reinforcements. Go Calfire!,” posted land owner Kelly Patton with this photo.
Still, fires kept burning. [Photo by Kelly Patton]
Residents watched helplessly as fires burned near their homes and those of their neighbors. [Photo by Kristin Windbigler]
Local fire departments and ones from far away arrived to fight the fires. [Photo by Kelly Patton]
Huge helicopters dipped in to help. [Photo by Kristin Windbigler]
For awhile, things looked bleak. The small town of Blocksburg was told residents might have to evacuate. [Photo by Kristin Windbigler]
But helicopters, planes and people can be mighty powerful opponents to fire. [Photo by Kelly Patton]
The skill of the pilots threading narrow canyons to drop water precisely where needed impressed the watchers [Photo by LaDonna Auxier]
Women gathered in Alderpoint to make box lunches for the firefighters. [Photo by LaDonna Auxier]
Though preliminary evacuations have been lifted in Blocksburg, some fires still smolder and others burn fiercely. [Photo by LaDonna Auxier]
Meanwhile, firefighters continue to protect the residents of Humboldt County and we are very grateful. Thank you. [Photo by Kelly Patton]
Thank you [Photo by George Lea]